Wednesday, May 23, 2018









COMENZANDO EN MAYO...

Casa circulo cultural tuvo la oportunidad de participar por primera vez en el desfile del 5 de Mayo que  organiza el comité latino de East Palo Alto. Este evento se ha hecho desde hace 33 años en esta comunidad. Participaron los niños y las mamàs de nuestros alumnos con bailes folkloricos. También contaron con la  presencia de “ Cri-Cri” y de “la patita” quien próximamente se presentaran en el teatro Fox este 15 de Julio 2018.

THE BEGINNING of MAY....


Casa Cìrculo Cultural had the opportunity to participate for the first time at the “Parade and Latino Festival” for Cinco de Mayo. This  year they celebrated 33 years in the community. The festival is organized by the Latino Committee of East Palo Alto. Our Circulo Cultural kids and mothers, also participated dancing folklorico. The kids got super excited when they saw and met “Cri-Cri” (the singing cricket) and “la Patita” (the goose), who they will be soon, having a show at the Fox theater in July 15 2018.




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Casa Circulo's first SLEEPOVER!

Casa Circulo Cultural hosted it's first SLEEPOVER! 

On Saturday, August 19th parents dropped off their children at 5pm with their sleeping bags, clothes, and tooth brushes for the night. For some kids it was their first sleepover, and most didn't know what to expect, but this morning every single one of them woke up with a big smile. 

We had a guest named Madeline Hernandes Rodriguez who volunteered her time to come lead a workshop called El Camino del Heroe (A Hero's Journey) based on a book called "El Heroe de las Mil Caras" by Joseph Cambel. Through fun activities they learned about the stages a hero must go through before they become a hero. They learned about characteristics of hero, their strengths, obstacles they must face, how family and friends are important and how to overcome fear. 


In one of the exercises they were put into groups and asked to choose one member for the group to dress up as a superhero; they were given paper, tape, markers and string. They then had to explain their hero to the group and what his/hers strengths are. It was very impressive to see their creativity shine through. Some were given the power of honesty, others of being strong enough to save people, others were fearless, and one even had the power to make friends quickly. 

After pizza and fruit for dinner, we prepared them for a very fun night walk. They were taught that every hero has a "guide," someone who teaches them, or advises them, and someone they can trust. They also learned that all heroes need, aside from family, friends to support them and help them to be who they are. For the night walk, the adults were the guides and they blindfolded their groups of three and they took them on a walk with obstacles, places with different scents, and noises. Although some were scared at first, they had to trust their guide and group to get to the end. The workshop ended with the adults leading them to a dark room where they all sat, still blind folded and were told a story. Toward the end of the story, Madeleine quoted "Somos una semilla y nos convertiremos en un árbol, al abrir los ojos, todos descubriremos nuestra luz interior" (we are all seeds and we grow into trees, when you open your eyes, you will discover your inner light), and while she spoke, the adults sprinkled glow sticks all over kids and when they opened their eyes they were all mesmerized. It felt like they were in space covered in stars. Thank you Madeline for teaching our children valuable lessons.   

 

To end the night, the kids changed into their pjs and settled in with their popcorn and pillows and watched The Never Ending Story. On Sunday morning they had a classic pillow fight, and a very fun lightsaber battle. After a scrumptious breakfast of pancakes, fruit and milk, the kids were picked up at 10am. 

We had an amazing time and cannot wait to have many more sleepovers in the future. This was the beginning of a fun and beautiful tradition. Thank you to the children that were engaged and assisted, and thank you to the parents for trusting us with them for the night they did great. 

If you want more information about Casa Circulo, or would like to stay updated with upcoming events please like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/circulocultural.rwc/ or our website at www.circulocultural.org

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

First Place Winner in the 4th of July Parade





Thank you to the Peninsula Celebration Association for announcing:

Casa Circulo Cultural de Redwood City
First Place Winner in the Floats - RWC 150 History category!


The 4th of July Parade and Festival in Redwood City is a leading Independence Day Celebration in the West. Alongside celebrating America’s birthday, the city of Redwood City was also celebrating its 150th anniversary.

    

Casa Circulo Cultural participated in the 4th of July Parade and entered in the Floats - RWC 150 History category. The many talented volunteers of Casa Circulo created this amazing float; the construction, design and makeup completed by them. This float symbolized the 150 years of history and architecture of the city of Redwood City. Like in a photo album, the parade spectators were able to appreciate the vivid living images in black and white from the past and the colorful images to present-day.


We received various compliments from the public and we owe a big THANK YOU to all who worked so hard to make this float a realization; a special recognition and thank you to Fernando Escartiz, the talented artist who designed this float and brought it to life. Fernando is currently in charge of all the construction and designing for Casa’s stage sets for theatre performances and other events we attend.

If you’d like to volunteer in our next project, or want more information about Casa Circulo Cultural, please visit our website at www.circulocultural.org.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

19 MEDALS…WOW!


19 MEDALS…WOW!


This past weekend Casa Circulo’s Taekwondo students attended the 48th Annual UC Open and 11th UC Yongmudo Championship at UC Berkeley.

Help us in congratulating Master Ortiz and all of Casa Circulo's Taekwondo students, THEY WON 19 MEDALS!
Master Ortiz and his students

Master Ortiz and Mia Ramirez – 1st Place!
Thank you UC Open and 11th UC Yongmudo Championship at UC Berkeley for having us! and Thank you Master Ortiz for teaching our kids!

For more information on our classes or instructors please visit us at www.circulocultural.org

Kermes - Dia del Niño 2017


This year Casa Circulo Cultural’s very own Founder and Director, Veronica Escamez, was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the Latino Community Council of Redwood City (LCCR). LCCR, in partnership with the Redwood City Library Foundation organized the fifth annual Kermes 2017 - Dia del Niño to raise funds for the Early Childhood Learning Center in Fair Oaks Library.

This event was held on April 30th, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Fair Oaks Branch Library- 2510 Middlefield Road.

The public was able to enjoy games for children, music & theater, Ballet Folklorico, food, arts & crafts, community information and much more!


Casa Circulo was not only proud of Veronica, but excited to have a face-painting booth and a free kids activity booth! Many kids enjoyed getting their faces painted by our very own Casa members. Our members also directed the arts and crafts kids activity table, and we can’t thank them enough.
 

Thank you to all of the volunteers and parents that support Casa Circulo every day! They are always there rooting for our kids and lending a helping hand.

SOME of our valued volunteers and members.
Now…

Lets all congratulate the real stars of the afternoon: Casa Circulo’s children!
They performed a theater piece called La Asamblea de los Ratones (The Assembly of the Mice), which they practiced long and hard. The teachers also worked tirelessly to help the kids learn their lines, prepare their dances and perform! 
La Asamblea de los Ratones
The kids also got to show off their new skills at playing the Recorder! They played 4 songs and we couldn't be prouder. (The recorder class is led by Javier Pacheco on Saturdays from 2:00pm-3:00pm)

GREAT JOB TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED, YOU MADE CASA CIRCULO PROUD!

AND THANK YOU KERMES 2017 FOR SUCH A FUN EVENT!

Visit our Facebook page to see all of the Kermes - Dia del Niño 2017 photos as well as the live video feed of the kids performing: https://www.facebook.com/circulocultural.rwc/


For more information on up coming events visit our website at: www.circulocultural.org for more information.

Origami at STEAMFEST 2.0

This past weekend Casa Circulo Cultural had the honor to have a booth at the:
2017 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Fest 2.0This annual event raised money for Hot Spots and technology upgrades in Fair Oaks and Downtown Libraries.
  • Date: 04/29/2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Courthouse Square 
In partnership with the Redwood City Public Library and the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, STEAM Fest 2.0 is a family-oriented festival featuring:
  • Over 70+ exhibitors
  • Hands-on activities (with prizes for children completing 10 activities on the map)
  • Workshops and Classes
  • Contests
  • Speakers 
STEAM Fest 2.0 is about bringing academic disciplines together in a community-supported, interactive environment for tomorrow’s leaders of San Mateo County and beyond. 
STEAM Fest 2.0's mission is to inspire San Mateo County's diverse youth to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators and inventors.
If you want more information on this event please visit their page at: https://www.steamfestivalrwc.org


Casa Circulo Cultural’s booth taught ORIGAMI!

Origami is the traditional Japanese art or technique of folding paper into a variety of decorative or representational forms, as of animals or flowers.

Origami has many benefits like developing eye hand co-ordination, sequencing skills, attention skills, patience, temporal spatial skills, math reasoning etc. but according to the latest research on the brain and the work of Doctor Katrin Shumakov and Yuri Shumakov, when both hands are engaged, impellent motor impulses activate the language portion of the brain. 


CASA CIRCULO IS NOW OFFERING WEEKLY ORIGAMI CLASSES for the kids!

Educational Benefits of Origami
  • Behavioral Skills
  • Cooperative Learning
  • A Link to Math
  • Cognitive Development
  • Multi-cultural Awareness
  • Community Building

Educational Value: A positive learning experience, Stimulation for children, Suitable for people with a learning disability, Develops hand eye co-ordination, A form of communication without language

Therapeutic Value: Promotes a feeling of achievement and well being, Positive social interaction, Can be a bridging therapy, Team building exercise, One can be a participant or observer

Flexible of Convenient: Suitable for all ages and abilities, Can be practiced anywhere, No tools required, Results in minutes, An opportunity for fun

Social Value: A goal setting experience, Share feelings and knowledge, Promotes co-operation and well being, Breaks down barriers, Can be developed as a hobby

SUBCRIBE YOUR CHILD TODAY.

ORIGAMI CLASS
TEACHER: ESMERALDA CABRERA
SATURDAYS
10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Visit our website at: www.circulocultural.org for more information.